Winter is coming . . . to a track and field meet near you.
Athletes at Friday’s 28th Annual Carlson-Anderson Classic at Batavia High School didn’t just have to worry about their fellow competitors, they also had to deal with frigid temperatures and bitter winds.
Wheaton Warrenville South won its third straight Classic in dominating fashion–it won all four relays and had seven individual winners. The Tigers (188) finished with more than twice as many points as second place Minooka (87.5). Oswego East finished third with 74 points and host Batavia finished fourth with 70.50 points.
Oswego East’s Ariel Michalek, Kyla Price and Aliyah Everson, and Batavia’s Hailey Clabough and Haleigh Theuerkauf were some of the individuals who were able to produce outstanding results despite the less than desirable conditions.
Michalek, the defending 3A state champion in the 3200 meters, ran the event for the first time this season and took first place with a time of 10:56.80. The Wisconsin-bound senior was pleased with her first two-mile run of the outdoor season.
“Breaking the 11 minute mark was a big step,” said Michalek. “I wanted to do that today and I’m glad I did because it means I’m one step closer to breaking my personal record and one step closer to getting to a 10:30 pace.”
Michalek, a former cross country state champion, had also planned to run the 1600 meter race, but pulled out after suffering back spasms at the finish line of the 3200.
Everson swept the sprints, taking first in the 100 meter dash (12.15) and 200 meter dash (25.62). The Wolves’ senior held off strong competition from Wheaton Warrenville South’s Maggie Dandsill and Glenbard North’s Simone Carr.
“I just run my race, it doesn’t matter what the other girls are running,” said Everson. “I just want to do the best I can and not worry about the competition.”
Price continued her strong start to the outdoor season by finishing first in the triple jump (36-06) and second in the long jump (15-10). Batavia’s Tamar Norville (34-10) finished second to Price in the triple jump, while Bulldogs teammate Jessica Hartmann (33-03) finished fourth.
Price missed the end of last season with a stress fracture in her back, but the senior said the injury motivated her to become a better jumper.
“Coming back from the injury, I’m a little bit more determined this year and that’s what has been pushing me to do better,” said Price.
Despite having trouble staying warmed up, Theuerkauf earned first place in both the discus (108-7) and shot put (39-03).
“I was pretty happy with my performance just because of how cold it was outside,” said Theuerkauf. “It was tough. I know I should be able to prepare for that, but I didn’t do it that well. I could have done a better job staying warm.”
In one of the most exciting races of the day, Clabough out-leaned Minooka’s Lucia Rossi for first place in the 300 meter hurdles by .28 seconds (47.68 seconds to 47.96 seconds).
“We always practice leaning, no matter what, at the line,” said Clabough. “If I didn’t lean, I probably wouldn’t have gotten her.”
The senior also took second place in the 100 meter hurdles (15.40 seconds) and set personal records in both hurdles races.
I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times, Aurora Beacon and yourseason.com. It appears here.